When a storm hits Greater Miami, we unify with foundations and philanthropists and activate our disaster resilience fund (see below to learn more). When a storm hits our neighbors, either across Florida or in neighboring islands, we identify trusted, locally driven efforts and support their work. We turn to on-the-ground organizations, like community foundations, as well as grassroots organizations that have deep connections within the community.
Below you can read about current relief and recovery efforts, as well as our collaborative disaster resilience fund.
Thank you for your generosity and for standing together yet again in a moment of need.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Ian is forecasted to bring life-threatening storm surges, and catastrophic flooding as our friends across the Gulf coast anticipate landfall. As the nation awaits the arrival of Ian, these organizations are on the ground and prepared to respond.
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation cultivates regional change for the common good through collective leadership, social innovation, and philanthropy to address the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades counties. The Collaboratory is working in partnership with the United Way to support SWFL nonprofits helping people affected by Hurricane Ian.
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is accepting contributions to its Suncoast Disaster Recovery Fund in partnership with a network of community foundations in Florida and the Southeastern United States to support recovery efforts in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, and Charlotte counties.
The Collier Community Foundation works with donors to mobilize resources to address community needs. The Foundation has activated its Collier Comes Together Hurricane Fund to benefit SWFL nonprofit relief efforts and programs to get funds where they are needed most – quickly and efficiently at no administrative cost.
Florida Rising is a grassroots organizing group in Florida working to build power in Black and brown communities. Through a coalition of organizations they provide disaster relief and recovery to under resourced communities in order to ensure an equitable recovery.
Global Empowerment Mission (GEM)
GEM is a Miami-based organization working around the world to respond to disasters. The group is already in the process on the ground in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, addressing the extreme flooding and impact of Hurricane Fiona. They are working to provide hurricane disaster relief and accept monetary donations, canned goods, toiletries, and more. They are also looking for volunteers to help pack supplies.
Americares has a long history of responding to emergencies in Florida and the Gulf Coast. Help deliver medicine, medical supplies, and emergency support by donating to their relief efforts.
All Hands and Hearts
This volunteer-led organization builds safer and more resilient schools, homes, and infrastructure. They are on the ground and galvanizing support to address the needs for chainsaw work, mucking and gutting, and roof tarping.
Volunteer Florida promotes disaster resilience and volunteerism in Florida. The Foundation manages the Florida Disaster Fund, the official fund for aiding Florida communities after disasters
Feeding Florida’s food banks are on the ground providing food, water, and resources to those affected by Hurricane Ian.
The aftermath of Hurricane Ian resulted in catastrophic flooding, landslides, and widespread power outages across the Caribbean. Organizations far and wide mobilized to respond to the devastation across the sea.
Charity focused on improving lives in Cuba. They have a 12-year history of providing food, medicine, and other essentials to needy families in Cuba and working with U.S. companies and foundations to increase philanthropy to benefit the people of Cuba. To donate, click here.
Known for their devotion and passion-driven work to directly support the people of Cuba, GiveToCuba is sending food, medicines, and other humanitarian assistance supplies to the island, as well as mobile phone, recharges to help Cubans connect to the Internet.
Friends of Caritas Cuba
Friends of Caritas Cuba enhances the capacity of Caritas Cuba, the island’s equivalent of Catholic Charities, to make life-changing improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable people of Cuba. Aside from providing services for senior citizens and children, they deploy humanitarian assistance for victims of hurricanes and other natural disasters.
Since 1993, Catholic Relief Services has been one of Caritas Cuba’s prominent supporters. Delivering more than $32 million in medical and emergency supplies, this organization can respond and the trust to relieve the people of Cuba.
For over 90 years, this community-centered organization has serviced our most vulnerable populations in times of need. They provide assistance to Cubans impacted by the deterioration of the economy and social situation in Cuba and now Hurricane Ian.
The aftermath of Hurricane Fiona resulted in catastrophic flooding, landslides, and widespread power outages across the Caribbean, especially in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Organizations far and wide mobilized to respond to the devastation on the islands.
For over 90 years, this community-centered organization has serviced our most vulnerable populations in times of need. With the help of donations, they plan to provide immediate relief and resources to e countries affected by the storm in partnership with their sister agency, Caritas de Puerto Rico.
WCK is first on the frontlines, providing meals responding to humanitarian, climate, and community crises. They build resilient food systems with locally-led solutions. It currently provides freshly prepared food in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. You can support their efforts by making a monetary donation.
The Foundation for Puerto Rico (FPR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks to unleash Puerto Rico’s potential in the global economy so more people can live, visit, work, and invest in our beautiful island. It focuses its efforts on targeted economic development and resilience programs, working hand in hand with community partners, providing resources, training, funding, and networks that improve the local economy internally. It is currently accepting monetary donations.
In Puerto Rico since 2017, Mercy Corps has worked closely with local organizations to prepare for crises like Hurricane Fiona. In the wake of Hurricane Fiona, we are contacting our Puerto Rican partner organizations to understand the specific needs of impacted communities better and to determine support and response plans. Mercy Corps is currently on the ground in Puerto Rico and provides urgently needed relief, including emergency cash, food, clean water, and long-term support. It is now accepting monetary donations.
The María Fund was created on September 2017 by the Center for Popular Democracy in partnership with Puerto Rican organizations Taller Salud and G8/Proyecto ENLACE to support frontline efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane María. It is currently working as a part of a collaboration of NGOs to provide on-the-ground resources to communities in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona. They are currently working to provide hurricane disaster relief and are accepting monetary donations.
This feminist 501(c)(3) nonprofit has a 24/7 hotline to support domestic and sexual violence victims. They are working to provide hurricane disaster relief and accept monetary donations, canned goods, toiletries, and more.
Dedicated to advocacy and community empowerment, Iniciativa Comunitaria (IC) strives to transform the quality of life through targeted services and informed activism. Since 1992, IC has become a haven for those crippled by poverty and prejudice.
Techo Pa’ Mi Gente
Birthed in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Techos Pa’ Mi Gente is committed to providing families relief through roof rehabilitation services and construction skill training and development. This organization also offers workshops to learn about food sustainability and preservation practices.
The Hispanic Federation is responding to Hurricane Fiona by providing on the ground emergency relief services and essential supplies in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
Previous natural disasters have ignited Greater Miami’s strength and spirit of caring, community, and resilience. In response, The Miami Foundation has mobilized donors, businesses, and public leaders to support the nonprofit organizations we all depend on. We are leveraging our unique strengths, relationships, reach, and knowledge which spans philanthropy, the private sector, government, and the nonprofit community.
When it comes to disasters, we need to stand together. The Miami Disaster Resilience Fund is a collaboration of philanthropic, public, and private partners.